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City mulls wildlife contract

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- The City of McCook is considering picking up a USDA contract for assistance with wildlife that Red Willow County Commissioners recently voted to discontinue.

Public Works Director Kyle Potthoff told the McCook City Council, Monday evening, that the recent discovery of a bat problem in at least one McCook home had brought the issue up.

Potthoff said that the former county contract had also been used to assist with vultures, coyotes and other animals at the airport, as well as pigeon problems downtown.

Potthoff said nothing had been finalized but the issue at least warranted looking into. Potthoff estimated it would cost the city $3,500 annually.

County commissioners decided not to continue the contract for the services of government trapper, Mike Sherman, during a July 2 meeting.

Commissioner Earl McNutt explained it was an expense cutting measure related to preparing for the added expense of a county jail.

Commissioners said during that meeting they would like to see the city pay for the services provided by Sherman within city limits. Sherman had been contracted for $7,312 in annual services with Red Willow County.

Commissioners also said during that meeting they would reconsider another contract with Sherman if the City of McCook would pay for a portion of the cost.

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City residents are also county residents. Will country residents be taxed more by the county to cover the trapper? Will the towns of Indianola and Bartley also be ask to cover those cost instead ot the county? Why should McCook residents be ask to cover costs that the county pays for others? Now the county says the new jail will be an added cost. It was presented by the county as a money saver or at least a break even deal.

-- Posted by dennis on Tue, Aug 21, 2012, at 11:22 AM

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